Americans Staying Home

Mar 21, 2003

By George Anderson

With Operation Iraqi Freedom underway and the nation’s security alert level
at orange, many travelers are opting to put off vacations and business trips.
The airline industry, already seriously affected by the events of September
11, 2001 as well as the generally weak economy, is looking to Congress and the
Bush Administration for help.

The Associated Press reports that both domestic and overseas travel
are down.

“A lot of business people who have to fly are flying, but those in discretionary
travel are delaying,” said Matt Bennett, publisher of, a
guide for business travelers. “If people are afraid, we tell them not to fly.
There’s no reason to fly scared.”

Moderator’s Comment: Has the war in Iraq affected your
personal or business travel plans?

From a business perspective, what has been bad for the
airlines has been great for companies in the tele, video and web conferencing
businesses. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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